Chapter 5: the State House.
Sunday, January 3, is a busy day in St. Louis Street, the next day being marked, on both sides, as the date on which the great conflict is to be carried from the streets into the legislative halls.
Monday is to either make or mar the scalawag government in New Orleans.
Out of one hundred and eleven members recently elected to the lower house, fifty-eight are called Conservative, fifty-three Republican; giving the Conservatives not only a legal quorum but a working majority of five members.
All these fifty-eight Conservatives are White
If such a house should meet the Kelloggites are lost.
A first battle has been fought in the Returning Board
— a body of five assessors, who, according to statute, should be chosen from both parties, so as to represent all the great shades of opinion.